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A Collection of Information Resources for Expectant Parents

The Surgical Reduction of the Sexually Sensitive Area of the Penis
circumcision, sexually sensitive tissue is removed from the boy's penis
/ circumcision pictures © Corel Corporation. All rights reserved.

Stages of Puberty
It is the brain which tells our sex organs when to mature.

Whether or not to circumcise a child is a question which presents itself to expectant fathers in the US. FatherMag.com receives e-mail from fathers asking about this issue, and child circumcision is widely discussed in Internet newsgroups and mailing lists.

It seems the US has recently discovered that it is the only Western country where child circumcision is still widely practiced, despite a rapid decline in recent years. The remaining American doctors who profit from penile reduction surgery are under attack from their colleagues in the medical profession who say that the basis for child circumcision was never medical, but social.

Now that the problems associated with child circumcision have become known, there is no longer any medical authority in the western world which advocates the circumcision of either male or female children. Now most children in the US are uncircumcised.

In the US, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and The Pediatric Urologists Association all say the circumcision of infant children is unnecessary.

The Canadian Pediatric Society says, "...there is no medical indication for circumcision during the neonatal period." Circumcision Information Center

We will consider many of the historical medical arguments that were given, but one fact should be kept in mind: All of the medical arguments came after the fact, and were attempts to justify and continue a practice that came into being for reasons that were not medical in nature. Child circumcision in the United States was not begun on the basis of medical arguments. If a surgical practice was not started for medical reasons, then how did it become institutionalized?

The introduction of child circumcision in the 19th century was an attempt to prevent what was seen at the time as child sex abuse.

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The Medical Basis for Routine Circumcision
A quest for official medical authorities of the western world that advocate child circumcision. The historical basis of the procedure.

Child Circumcision
Why was it once popular in the US? Why is it in such rapid decline today?

Protect Your Son
How a father discovered, too late, that circumcision is not a good thing.

Jews and Circumcision

The Role of Circumcision in the Islamic World
by Sami Aldeeb

Self-Test for Sexual Sensitivity
How much of your sexual sensitivity has been cut away?

Do Not Promote Circumcision for Cancer Prevention
says the American Cancer Society

Reduction Surgery
Quotes from the medical profession.

Sexual Mutilation
Quotes from internet resources.

Boy's Death Highlights New Dangers of Neonatal Circumcision
Infants experiencing circumcision are more subject to Hypovolemic Shock and Methicillin Resistant Staphyloccus Aureus (MRSA).

Horror Stories
Many live with problems resulting from involuntary circumcision.

The Circumcision Decision
Answers to your questions about infant circumcision.

Care of Intact Boys
Answers to your questions about your young son's personal care.

Listing of Publications and Organizations
Support for parents who want to protect their family from involuntary genital alteration.

Glossary of Related Terms

Non-surgical foreskin restoration.

External links:
Circumcision Decision Maker
Avoid a circumcision mistake! Learn more about this permanent decision.

Anatomy and Mechanics of Intercourse
The physical function of the foreskin.
by Geoffrey T. Falk